By now I expect you guys to know I am corny enough to love puns so quit the eye roll, let me tell you a little story. I go out a lot, no point in telling lies about this, but not everywhere is great or even ok. The last 3 places I tried this week had cocktails that all let me down. Because of these disappointments I found myself ending each outing with beer. Shocker, I know. But here is the thing, the right beer can fix all ails you have, save you from sucky bartenders and put that smile right back on your face. Now if you aren’t particularly fond of the beverage enjoyed around the world or are unsure what your brew style would be you are in luck because this week is NYC Beer Week and everywhere you go there are plenty of spots offering up new and exciting and most importantly quality brews.
Try one of the many dinners featuring beer pairings to learn firsthand how complementary hops can be. I would also recommend beer flight tastings to familiarize yourself with the types of beers there are. Lastly to end the week, go touring and tasting at one of the breweries in NYC such as Singlecut Beersmiths in Astoria. Freshly made beer is an experience in itself.
So far I have enjoyed a coconut and chocolate stout, a sour hibiscus IPA, and I am headed to try a Stout from Sri Lanka. There is something out there for everyone beyond the supermarket offerings.There are only a few days left but a lot of spots will continue to offer fantastic events throughout the weekend so be sure to get out there and drink up.
Never thought I’d ever consider giving up bacon, but my first outing at a vegan restaurant has left me skeptical. I wish bacon wasn’t so delicious, it makes our parting so much harder to accept. Let me tell you what happened…
Lannie, who writes for Food before Love about her vegan journey, had a great response from our followers on twitter during the Food Fit Health Chat. A lot of tweeters were intrigued about going to a vegan restaurant so I organized the dinner, riled up the good people who inquired and we went on a dinner date to Cafe Blossom. It was a first for many, and definitely a first for me. You all know I love steak, bacon and everything in between so I was nervous and excited for this new experience and worried I wouldn’t like anything. I truly wasn’t ready.
So I ordered Vegan wine to relax. What is vegan wine? I’m not even sure to be honest. But I was told,
and I looked this up, that some wines have fish bladder in them, as well as, animal finings (ie: gelatin). Very Strange, Wine be so good too. This Vegan wine however, was very good, light in body, delicate and tasty. I could drink this forever, no problem.
Soy Bacon though. Not my friend. I ordered the soy bacon burger which was super cheesy and the bacon was flabby. Not too sure if this could be a forever thing, actually I’m pretty sure it can’t be. It’s either bacon or no bacon, no in between.
We had some great people in attendance who really enlightened me on the lifestyle and what I should/shouldn’t be eating. I learned a lot about myself and have tried to make a conscious effort on changing my eating patterns. The question is, could I ever “go vegan?”